CPC30216 Certificate III in Signs and Graphics

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VU course code: CPC30216 | Level of study: TAFE
Up to Four Years (Standard Completion Three Years) part time
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Become a fully qualified sign-writer and master the art of signwriting by learning this creative trade with a Certificate III in Signs and Graphics CPC30216 at Victoria University.

This course will teach you the practical skills to design, manufacture and install a wide range of indoor and outdoor signage such as:

  • vinyl
  • fabric
  • screen-print
  • digital
  • LED.

You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to work effectively in the sign industry, including:

  • vinyl cutting
  • sign fabrication
  • sign installation
  • sign design
  • graphic design
  • how to operate advanced computer design software
  • how to produce signs on uneven surfaces
  • sign writing
  • how to produce engraved signs
  • advanced vinyl application, such as vehicle wrapping
  • heritage signage.

This is an apprenticeship course. You must be employed as signage apprentice.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the CPC30216 Certificate III in Signs and Graphics, a student must successfully complete a total of sixteen (16) units of competency, comprising of:

  • seven (7) core units, and;
  • nine (9) elective units, of which:
  • nine (9) units may be chosen from the elective units listed in the CPC30216 Certificate III in Signs and Graphics qualification, and;
  • three (3) units may be chosen from other CPC Certificate III or Certificate IV qualifications, or another current training package or accredited course, provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.

The elective units must ensure the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.


Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.




A Certificate III in Signs and Graphics CPC30216 from Victoria University Polytechnic will qualify you to work in the sign-writing industry. You’ll have practical trade skills as well as arts/graphic design skills. You could also work in visual merchandising, vehicle graphics and other graphic display jobs.

Potential job titles include:

  • signwriter
  • sign manufacturer/fabricator
  • graphic pre-press trades worker
  • graphics display manufacturer
  • visual display manufacturer.

Work may be outdoors, or you may work producing signage in a factory or other indoor environment.

VU Stories

Paris Doehmann
Keeping signs & graphics alive
Certificate III in Signs and Graphics CPC30216
"This signwriting apprenticeship came up and I thought, ‘This sounds way more exciting than sitting in a classroom and doing more exams.’"
Paris's story